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Feb 2, 2013 5:30pm PST
. the gun debate took a detour this week when president obama said he likes to shoot skeet at camp david. gun rights advocates called for proof and today the white house provided it. it's not a picture you see every day, and it's several months old, but white house press secretary jay carney felt the need to release this photo on twitter today. >> finally? they finally dug up some evidence? >> reporter: it's an image of president obama shooting skeet at camp david on his birthday back in august. all this after an interview published sunday in which the new republic asked the president, have you ever fired a gun? mr. obama responded, yes, in fact, up at camp david, we do skeet shooting all the time. and i have a profound respect for the traditions of hunting that trace back in this country for generations. comedians pounced. >> you can barely hear yourself think over all the shooting of skeet. >> reporter: and some gun rights advocates accused the president of deception while campaigning for stiffer gun control laws. republican congresswoman marsha blackburn took a tongue in cheek approac
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Feb 7, 2013 5:30pm PST
back to southern washington, john brennan, president obama's choice to lead the cia in the second term, was grilled by both democrats and republicans at a confirmation hearing today, one that got off to a raucous start, with protesters and questions about the agency's controversial drone program and interrogation program. nbc's andrea mitchell covering in our washington newsroom. andrea, it's not every day you hear the order to have the hearing room cleared. >> reporter: not indeed. in fact, the senate historians said they can't recall this happening going back to the '60s and '70s. today a chastened john brennan programs promised to be open with congress if he is confirmed to lead the cia. even as the white house still limited access to key documents in a hearing that did not get off to a smooth smart. >> members of the committee, i'm honored to appear before you today. [ heckling ] [ banging gavel ] >> please remove this woman. we will recess. >> reporter: when john brennan did get to testify, he said he opposed the harsh interrogations during the bush administration when he was at t
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Feb 8, 2013 4:00am PST
president obama wants to head the cia. john brennan was pressed hard on the use of drones and enhanced interrogation techniques by members of the senate intelligence committee. government memos leaked earlier this week showed drones had been cleared for use against u.s. citizens suspected of working as terrorists. nbc's tracie potts is live with details. good morning. >> reporter: good morning, everyone. brennaned defended and strongly defended the use of drones but distanced himself from how the bush administration questioned terror suspects. >> truth, the full truth and nothing but the truth. >> reporter: it looks like john brennan is gaining the support of several lawmakers, after defending drone attacks on terror suspects and even americans. at least three killed so far. >> any american who did that should know well that they in fact are part of an enemy against us and that the united states will do everything possible to destroy that enemy to save american lives. >> reporter: drones are used against imminent threats, he said, not as payback. but some are still concerned if it's le
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Feb 3, 2013 4:30pm PST
the outside. president obama is determined to do that. he took his communications advisor and made him his senior vfer. -- advisor. he's going to run it like a campaign the chris: let me ask a skeptical question. does the president want to do it or does he want for hispanic votes? to do it, he has to put real teeth into it like checking work permits. does he want the bill or the issue? >> the bill would help him even more than debating the bill and not gethd it with hispanics. i think it's a win-win. if he really wants hispanic votes, getting immigration reform, fighting for it would be good but nothing like as good as getting it. the big question on gun control, even the debt, is really whether the silent center of america decides it's going to speak up on these issues. chris: this issue polls really weak in congress, down in single digits the it's with bugs. you know? it's really bad. when he goes up and runs against them it should be fairly easy to say these guys aren't so great so tell them what to do. >> and i think you've seen this about-face from the white house, that for months and
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Feb 5, 2013 5:30pm PST
our report. >> reporter: drones have been called president obama's weapon of choice. during his four years as commander in chief, u.s. military and cia drone strikes have accelerated at an unprecedented pace. more than 400 cia strikes against targets in pakistan and yemen. eight times as many as under president bush. >> they have been very precise, precision strikes against al qaeda and their affiliates. >> these strikes are legal. they are ethical. and they are wise. >> reporter: but today, new questions about drone strikes targeting american citizens, including anwar al awlaki. born in new mexico and killed in yemen in 2011. he allegedly directed the so-called underwear bomber, who tried to blow up an airliner over detroit in 2009. but awlaki was never charged with a crime. nbc news has obtained this confidential 16-page justice department memo that concludes lethal strikes against u.s. citizens who are operational leaders of al qaeda are a lawful act of national self-defense. >> we only take these kinds of actions when there's an imminent threat, when capture is not feasible, and
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Feb 6, 2013 4:00am PST
tomorrow when senate confirmation hearings begin for john brennan, president obama's nominee to head the cia. >>> a powerful earthquake that hit the south pacific. it struck near the solomon islands and generated a tsunami wave over three feet high and reports are saying that at least five people were killed. people were evacuated in fiji. warnings that have been issued have been canceled. some homes were seriously damaged by the waves there. >>> as a young victim of the alabama standoff celebrates his 6th birthday today. this as investigators continue to comb the underground fortress and property of his captor. >> reporter: the fbi released these photos of the suspect's property, along with more detailed information about the rescue of 5-year-old ethan. nbc news has learned as a result of ongoing negotiations, the kidnapper, jimmy lee dykes. was expecting a delivery of additional comfort items. four members of the hostage team approached the bunker and opened the hatch dropping in a flash bang device to distract dykes. he was disoriented but managed to fire one shot. the hostage tea
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Feb 5, 2013 4:00am PST
goes front and center in washington as president obama holds high-level talks at the white house. house members will tackle the very issue on capitol hill. tracie potts joins us with a preview of that. good morning. >> reporter: good morning. that hearing is being held by the house judiciary committee controlled by republicans. some of whom want to make sure the border is secure before we put immigrants on a path to citizenship. that's been the focus of president obama and it will be the focus today when he meets with a number of different groups at the white house, business leaders, labor leaders, civic groups to talk about how do we deal with the 11 million people who have been living, many of them for years, in this country illegally. also today he sent secretary of homeland security, janet napolitano, to the border to take a look at what needs to be done there. she was in san diego yesterday, she'll be in el paso, texas, today. >> very big issue for leaders. >>> nbc news contained a memo that contains legal justification for drone strikes on u.s. citizens. the document says the gove
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Feb 7, 2013 4:00am PST
, shadow of once was. under president obama, the program has used to take out more than 400 targets in pakistan and the middle east. we'll continue to watch that. >>> potential cuts to the defense department budget are causing changes in the military operation. the pentagon says it will reduce the naval presence sense in the persian gulf. the uss harry trumman to head to the gulf has been canceled. defense secretary leon panetta warns under the automatic cuts, pentagon workers could face additional cuts. >>> vice president joe biden choked up after speaking about the recent tragedy at sandy hook. >> when people tell me that you can't prevent these kinds of occurrences, that doesn't mean we can't do something to god forbid if it happens again, diminish the carnage. it matters. it matters. >> biden may have been made an emotional appeal to house democrats last night, urging them to support the oh bam in administration's gun control agenda as the vice president recounted specific examples of 1600 gun related deaths that december day to remind his audience as their obligation as lawmake
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Feb 4, 2013 3:00am PST
. >> president obama, his last campaign promise to the american people, the final debate, this is what he said about sequester. >> first of all, sequester is not something that i proposed. it's something that congress has proposed. it will not happen. >> he said it will not happen. you're preparing for it to happen. it seems paul ryan was just on "meet the press" last week and he said it's more likely to happen than not. in your view, is this going to happen? >> in a world of responsible politics, it should not happen. >> ok. we don't live in that world right now. are you assuming it's going to happen? >> look, we've got to plan for that possibility. because there are so many members that are saying we're going to let it take place. but i have to tell you, it is irresponsible. for it to happen. i mean, why in god's name would members of congress elected by the american people take a step that would badly damage our national defense? but more importantly, undermine the support for our men and women in uniform. why would you do that? >> general dempsey, you have said this would be catastrophic.
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Feb 3, 2013 11:10pm PST
. they took him into custody. >>> the president sat down with scott kelley before the super bowl today. obama applauded the steps the nfl is taking to make the game safer. >> i feel differently about the nfl. these are grown men. they're well compensated. they know the risks that are involved. but as we start thinking about, you know, the pipeline. pop warner, high school, college, i want to make sure that we're doing everything we can to make the sport safer and that means that the game's probably going to evolve a little bit. >> he discussed a number of issues today and also spoke about the boy scouts and that he believes they should allow gays to be members. he said the scouts promote young people, giving them lifelong leadership training and opportunities and that everyone who wants to should have the opportunity to be a part of that organization. >>> officials at the boy scouts announced last week they are considering changing their long-standing ban on gays to a policy to let troops make their own decisions on the issue. gay rights activists praised last week's announcement while some c
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Feb 1, 2013 4:00am PST
's a look at the week that was. >> reporter: this week, president obama put immigration reform at the top of his agenda. >> now's the time. >> reporter: and he wasn't the only one. >> and we have an obligation and the need to address the reality of the situation we face. >> reporter: from tornadoes, to snowstorms to intense weather tore through the country. anticipate others. in australia flooding caused one family to get strand and luckily rescued. another town in australia woke up to sea foam, lots of sea foam. more amazing video from abroad. this time from china where a truck overturned barely missing a materialist. and another story, an army veteran who lost all four of his limbs underwent an arm strands plant. and back in d.c. president obama brought on the miami heat and showed some love for hilary. >> i think what did evolve is a friendship. >> reporter: who's the top dog? these are the most popular breeds. golden retrievers and g-shepherds are hot, these dogs are hip. but not all animals had a good week. iran said it launched a rocket containing a monkey into space. >> they did re
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Feb 1, 2013 5:30pm PST
a small stir by telling "the boston globe" president obama offered him the job a week before. before susan rice with drew on "rock center." >> did you want the job? >> i would have been very honored to serve in that job, just as i'm delighted to do what i'm doing. >> reporter: tonight, kerry told nbc news in a statement that he had been overly casual in his comment and clarified the president did not formally offer him that job until december after rice had withdrawn. he wants to focus on the middle east and climate change, but as clinton learned, he may not be able to choose his crises. >> andrea mitchell after another busy day at the state department. thanks. >>> it's that time of year. energy secretary steven chu announced his departure today. that now makes eight cabinet departures for the second obama term, while six are staying so far. we also learn mark sullivan, the director of the u.s. secret service is retiring after 30 years with the agency. his tenure, of course, included the prostitution scandal among those agents posted in colombia. >>> the white house moved today to compromi
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Feb 4, 2013 4:00am PST
returning from a ski outing to big bear. >>> well, today president obama will travel to minneapolis to push his proposal for broader gun control measures in the wake of the deadly school shooting in newtown, connecticut. tracie potts is live in washington with more on that. there's also a photo of the president that's raising some eyebrows. >> reporter: absolutely. he's traveling to minnesota because the white house thinks this is a perfect backdrop for him to push his gun control measures, it's a city that's done a lot to curb gun violence. as president obama pitches his gun control plan in minneapolis, more reaction to this white house photo, skeet shooting at camp david. critics are saying it's an obvious effort, as they put it, to pander to conservatives, making the point that the president supports the second amendment while pushing for gun-control measures. >> mark kelley argues checks must be expanded to keep guns away from mentally ill people. his wife was shot gabrielle giffords. >> he could have gone to a gun show or private seller and gotten a gun. >> this super bowl ad accused t
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Feb 6, 2013 4:30am PST
at the remote scene later today. the tsunami warning has been lifted in that area. >> 4:49. president obama will lay out his second term agenda when he meets with top democratic leaders in washington. the white house says he will push for medicare reform and a ban on assault weapons, something members of his party oppose. part of the plan, immigration te(uás that kick in at the end the month. >> the balanced mix of spending cuts and tax reform is the best way to finish the job of deficit reduction. >> the sooner we solve our spending problems, the sooner our jobs problem goes away as well. >> president obama is expected to talk about the use of drone strikes to kill terrorists abroad even if it includes u.s. citizens. >> lance armstrong needs to act fast to have his lifetime ban possibly lifted. the u.s. anti-doping agency says in exchange for information on his drug use, it may lift the ban from cycling. he has only until the end of today to cooperate. armstrong telling the organization he cannot meet the deadline. the guy never does anything easy. he will instead cooperate with orld anti
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Feb 7, 2013 4:30am PST
:48. president obama's nominee to head the cia will be in the hot seat later this morning. that's when john brennan will go before a senate panel confirmation hearing. brennan is being tasked to defend the obama administration's use of unmanned drones to kill terror suspects. he helped run the drone program. >> we have a high confidence that they are being done for the right reasons in the right way. >> what qualifies as an imminent threat that would warn taking a life without any kind of proceeding or any kind of review by anyone else? >> brennan is expected to face questioning on his role in the controversial terrorist interrogations used by the bush administration. >>> we're happy to report things are back to normal this morning for a san francisco tourist attraction after grinding to a scary halt yesterday. a spokesperson from san francisco municipal transportation agency says a bolt stuck right in the tracks appears to have caused a cable car accident that injured a total of ten people. the cable car was filled with tourists and locals and it came to an abrupt stop. investigators now l
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Feb 6, 2013 5:00am PST
. >>> it is 5:40. welcome back. president obama taking on hot button issues when he meets with democrats to lay out the second term agenda. tracy pots is live on capitol hill with a look at some of the issues he'll work to tackle. good morning. >> hey, john. good morning, everyone. a democratic president meeting with democrats. what's the big deal, you may ask. well, on some of the t issues president obama wants to pursue he could see push-back from his party like medicare reform. something the democrats tried to protect. but republicans want to take a close look at the budget process. gun control. president obama pushed for an assault weapons ban, but democrats, even the democratic leader on the senate side said that's unlikely to happen. not really the political will to get it done now. so where do they need to focus? money. they've got to focus on the budget. at the end of this month we are looking at $85 billion worth of cuts automatically if congress does nothing. president obama's message, do something temporarily. we have seen it while you work on a permanent budget. republicans say it n
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Feb 3, 2013 4:00pm PST
. barack obama is going to town on -- and taking a page from ronald reagan's second term. and for a man called the great communicator it was historic tax reform. for obama, real steps toward gun safety. and the hegel hearing reminded some of the first debate. and finally, super bowl sunday. i've got some new rules. i'm -- i'm chris matthews. welcome to the show. with us today, howard fineman, the bbc's katrina, annie lowrey and michael duffy. first up, barack obama sees a path to history on guns and immigration at this point two weeks into his second term. this is when he's strongest and he's taking his case to the country over the heads of washington. in rean'
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Feb 4, 2013 11:00am PST
:00, as president obama prepares to wage war over gun control arc new photo of him pops up that has gun lobbyists in arms. >>> from the president's inauguration to the super bowl half time show to the bay area, it seems beyonce knows the way to san jose. we'll explain. >>> a video game ends up having some very spooky predictions about last night's super bowl. we'll take a look ahead in business news. >>> president obama making his very first trip out of washington aimed specifically at pushing for more gun law, but it's a picture of the president with a gun in hand that has a lot of people talking this morning. tracy pots is on capitol hill this morning. she has the latest. >> reporter: as president obama pitches his gun control plan in minnesota today, more reaction to this white house photo of the president skeet shooting at camp david. critics say he's pandering to second amendment conservatives while pushing for a ban on assault weapons. that seems to have no chance on capitol hill. but universal background checks, that's gaining support. >> i think that everyone acknowledges we should do som
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Feb 1, 2013 6:00pm PST
more in a live report in a bit. >>> searching for a contraception compromise. the obama administration's new proposal. >>> one last good-bye. hillary clinton bids farewell to her state department staffers, but her departure was overshadowed by another deadly u.s. embassy attack. the latest in "world tonight" next. >>> the biggest party in new orleans. >> thousands of others tonight, time to ramp up the party, get that moment in the international spotlight. laurence scott with a look at all the chaos and everybody wants their own 15 minutes of fame, too. >> reporter: so much is going on. we're hearing from the legends, that deer antler spray, we're trying to understand with ray lewis. confusing. when you get down to it, the families are having a good time. people are talking. people are arriving. it's a big scene. it's a circus. they're getting ready for this thing. take a look. >> arguably the best wide receiver in nfl history -- >> reporter: jerry wise has seen his fair share of super bowl glory. m rice is one of many former niners on the scene sharing their thoughts on life in the sp
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Feb 5, 2013 6:00pm PST
join us in our "world tonight." >>> jay carney defends the memo saying president obama takes seriously his responsibility to protect the u.s. from al qaeda terrorists. the 16-page document uncovered by nbc news revealed the justice department approved the use of unmanned drone strikes on suspected terrorists even if they are u.s. citizens and if there's an imminent threat. one example the 2011 air strike in yemen which killed two suspects both u.s. citizens. today senator dianne feinstein demanded more details of that report. critics also spoke out today saying drone strikes kill innocent civilians. secret of the cia reveal the most complete report yet of covert operations when it comes to detaining terror suspects. today's report said 54 countries including afghanistan, syria and pakistan have helped the u.s. since the 9/11 attack. some of the countries provided intelligence or aided in the capture transport or detention of terror suspects. president obama will make his first trip to israel since becoming president. he will visit benjamin netanyahu to discuss a variety of topics inclu
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Feb 4, 2013 6:00am PST
mr. lott. the nfl has changed its stance on hard hits. president obama weighing in saying there are concerns right now about letting children play the sport. you started when you were very young man. you started playing when you were 9 years old. question is, considering some of the suicides and brain damage of former nfl players out there, where do you stand on this issue now? >> jon, i agree with the president. i think that what he said is that, look, we have to find ways to enhance this game and find ways to improve this game. we have to look at areas we can protect young people. for me i'm right with him. i think i'm part of this safety committee. john madden is the chairman of the safety committee. he's constantly trying to talk about ways that we can enhance the game. obviously we're trying to change hitting. we have to encourage young people in the youth leagues to change hitting. i think the other thing that we have to do especially in the youth area, we have to require kids to have new helmets every year and unfortunately when you think about that, that's a big co
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Feb 7, 2013 6:00am PST
's national pro-am from pebble beach. >> today president obama is back in washington, d.c. for a national prayer breakfast. a live look as he addresses the audience. we're back in a matter of minutes. >>> new video at 6:11 of a police car that smashed into the side of a school bus in sweetwater, florida, this morning. the picture is dark. we do understand the police officer is hurt. no word about the condition of anyone on the bus. >>> it is 6:12 right now. time for a quick check of the day's top stories. one police officer now dead and two others injured in california. a suspect is a former lapd police officer wanted for shooting deaths of two people in fullerton. we'll bring you updates throughout the morning. >>> a massive fire engulfed three apartment homes this morning in jersey city, new jersey. smoke could be seen for miles away on the new jersey turnpike. one fire captain being treated for a head injury. the cause is under investigation. >>> the ntsb updating us on the investigation into battery problems onboard those boeing 787 dreamliners. the faa ended up grounding all dreamlin
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Feb 3, 2013 6:00pm PST
to discuss a long time policy. a ban on gay members. today president obama weighed in on the controversial topic. >>> plus, a change in the forecast that could affect your commute this week. a beautiful night in san francisco. >>> as we've been reporting, the power is out at the superdome. we want to go to dave feldman at the csn sports net. you're here by phone. i understand the power is back on. this has to be really unusual. >> reporter: yeah, it is. it just went back on. it was a 34-minute delay. and if anything, it is good news for the 49ers. because the 49ers were clearly the team without the momentum. they're losing 28-6. and the ravens have just returned a kickoff for 100 yards. the longest in super bowl history. things were not going their way. during the delay, you know, the 49ers were kind of cool and calm. they've been through this before. it happened on a monday night game at candlestick park and the power went out. that's the game that they had won. the ravens were very upset. john harbaugh visibly upset because he thought they should start play a little earlier. their side l
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Feb 6, 2013 5:30pm PST
of our torn-up shoreline. thanks. >>> president obama made an interesting choice for interior secretary today, nominating sally jewel to replace the outgoing ken salazar. jewel is ceo of rei, the outdoor outfitter. she hasn't worked in government but was a chemical engineer for mobile and a banker in her earlier career. she'll oversee half a million federal acres. the president said she once took a month-long hike in the mountains of antarctica. the president confessed as a native hawaiian, given the cold, it's something that would never occur to him. >>> the outgoing defense secretary said to students in a speech to georgetown, today, leon panetta warned of huge budget cuts looming for the pentagon if congress doesn't act. and he had some choice words for both sides blaming each for to reach an agreement to avoid cuts to our military. also generally what's happened lately to washington. >> thank you very much. this is not a game. this is reality. these steps would seriously damage a fragile american economy, and they would degrade our ability to respond to crisis, precisely at a time o
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Feb 8, 2013 11:00am PST
lady michelle obama heading to chicago tomorrow to attend the funeral of a young girl killed just days after performing at the president's inauguration. hadiya pendleton was shot back in january when a gunman opened fire on a group of young people. the honors student and drum majorette had just returned from washington, d.c., where she performed for the nation during inauguration festivities for president obama. no arrests so far have been made in this shooting. >>> after 40 years in washington today is retirement day for leon panetta. the santa clara university alum began his political career as a california congressman. just yesterday he testified on the department of defense's response to the attack on u.s. facilities in benghazi. panetta was the director of the cia at the time osama bin laden was killed. no word on what he plans to do or if he will move back to his home on the central coast. an armed forces farewell ceremony will be held later today. >>> san jose international airport could soon become home to a brand new private airport for google executives. the $82 million proje
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Feb 4, 2013 5:00am PST
tellez, "today in the bay." >> all right. 5:38. the new picture of president obama has gun advocates crying foul. we'll have a live report from washington coming up. >> reporter: and i'm bob redell. we'll tell you about the surprise discovery firefighters stumbled upon while fighting this house fire here in the south bay. that story coming up. >>> welcome back on a monday morning. live look over san francisco there. cool the way that fog makes the light turn orange over the city. we all wish it was going to be that scarlet and gold but 49ers didn't quite get it done. a great season. great year. very proud of our 49ers. next year we'll go get them. it's 5:41. this morning president obama heading off to minnesota to try to rally support for an assault weapons ban and universal background checks on gun buyers. a new photo released by the white house showing the president firing a weapon raising a few eyebrows. "today in the bay's" tracie potts is live on capitol hill this morning with more on this growing controversy. tracie, good morning. >> hi, jon. good morning. you saw the photo ove
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Feb 2, 2013 12:35am PST
want the real thing. 49ers. [ applause ] here's some news out of washington. today, president obama honored more than 20 researchers for their contributions to science and technology. [ cheers and applause ] unfortunately, it was overshadowed by the football game. or as those researchers put it, "man, high school never ends, does it?" [ laughter and applause ] the president -- speaking of the obamas. chanel's creative director karl lagerfeld is making news by saying that michelle obama's new bangs don't look good on her and make her look like a news anchor. [ audience oohs ] really? look at karl lagerfeld. [ laughter ] [ applause ] at least michelle doesn't look like mozart went on a shopping spree at hot topic. [ laughter ] lay off the first lady, please. more political news. the director of jewish outreach for the white house announced that he is stepping down because it's time to move on. while his mother says he's still a real catch and other presidents would be lucky to have him. [ light laughter ] i want to wish a happy birthday to shakira, who turns 36 this weekend. [ cheers
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Feb 2, 2013 5:00pm PST
with that splash? >>> good evening. with president obama leading the uphill charge for stricter gun laws in this country, a photo of him firing a shotgun that emerged on an otherwise quiet saturday morning is raising more than a few eyebrows. the photo of the president engaged in some sport shooting was released by the white house to answer some of his critics on the pro gun side but others
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Feb 3, 2013 5:00pm PST
are a sports party must have. even president obama had his bings in the west wing today. the busiest day of the year for finger food establishments. wing stop pittsburgh estimates they'll go through 30 boxes of fresh chicken. that's about 1,200 pounds. they stopped taking online orders earlier this week and were completely sold out for pregame pick-ups between 1:00 and 3:00 p.m. >> we about triple our business on a day like today. all the 49er championship games have been extraordinarily busy for us and this will be another one. probably even busier. >> it was some concern there might be a shortage of chicken wings due to last year's drought. that's because it drives up the cost of food for the chickens. it is not true americans will consume more than a billion wings this weekend. >> all right. the super bowl is typically the most watched television event of the year and it turns out many people use that as an excuse to get a new tv. the past several years, tv sales spiked before the super bowl. this year was no exception. especially here in niner territory. >> at least 25% more sales wh
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Feb 4, 2013 5:00pm PST
and was returning from a visit to big bear lake. >> obama is calling for universal background checks, and limits to high capacity magazines. >> we don't have to agree on everything to agree it's time to do something. >> the president picked minneapolis for his news conference today, once dubbed murder opolis, because they were credited with bringing their crime rate to a 30 year low. >> as the saying goes, i have big heels to fill. >> after 28 years in the senate, john kerry arrived this morning at his new job at the u.s. state department. he received a warm and supportive welcome, he was quick to thank hillary clinton. he hit the ground running, speaking with leaders in the middle east, asia and mexico over the weekend. he is the 68th secretary of state but the first male secretary of state since 2005. >> sergio romo will not face charges. he was upset with tsa agents after failing to provide proper i.d. at a security check point. the charges carry the possibility of six months in jail and a thousand dollar fine, today, an aide at the clark county da's office said a screening panel decided to d
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Feb 5, 2013 11:00am PST
this discussion forward. >> reporter: president obama sits down today with ceos, labor leaders and civic groups to talk about immigration. >> we need congress to act on a comprehensive approach that finally dealses with the 11 million immigrants in the country right now. >> reporter: what he didn't say was we'll tighten up the borders before letting them stay here legally. during her border tour, janet napolitano warned against a complete lockdown. >> we have to have a safe and secure border, but you have to have one where people can travel back and forth to conduct legitimate travel and trade and commerce. >> reporter: republicans insist border security first. we'll hear more on that this morning at a house judiciary committee hearing. latinos largely rejected republicans in last election, but it's unclear if that will soften conservatives. >> many are from districts where there isn't a huge amount of pressure to attack this issue right now. >> reporter: antiimmigration groups say enforcing laws already on the books would force thousands to leave the u.s. on their own. >> we think if we did th
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Feb 3, 2013 6:00am PST
further notice. left senator. >> gabe gutierrez, thanks. >>> president obama heads to minneapolis tomorrow to promote his plan to battle gun violence. it's a photo of him firing a shotgun that is getting all the attention this morning. peter alexander is at the white house with more. good morning. >> good morning. tomorrow marks the first time the president is going on the run road to push for stiffer gun laws. there was a detour in the debate when the president insisted that all the time he shoots skeet at camp david. these were his words. all the time. his critics were skeptical. and the white house on saturday quickly pushed back trying to put the argument to rest. the white house wanted to silence the skeptics. instead the release of this photo, the president firing a shotgun on the range of camp david on his 51st birthday last summer unleashed a new round of attack from his staunchest critics. nra telling nbc news unone picture does not erase a lifetime of supporting every gun ban and every gun control scheme imaginable. the controversy first exploded last week when the new republic m
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Feb 4, 2013 6:00pm PST
through a ventilation pipe. >>> on his first trip in his second term president obama hit the road to push for stricter gun laws. nbc bay area's janelle wang is here with that story and more in our "world tonight." >>> raj, president obama chose minneapolis because the city has recently brought its crime rate to a 30-year low. the president is pushing congress to pass universal background checks, a limit on high-capacity magazines and an assault weapons ban. in his speech today the president said law enforcement should never be outgunned on the streets. universal background streets is gaining support but the ban on assault weapons is a tougher fight. >> there's even one thing we can do. if there's just one life we can save, we've got an obligation to try. we don't have to agree on everything to agree it's time to do something. >> the president is also calling for greater access to mental health care. >>> after 28 years in the senate john kerry has started his new job as secretary of state. he received a warm welcome at the state department and then made a few brief remarks which included a
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Feb 6, 2013 7:00am PST
of those targets is an american citizen? this morning new questions about whether the obama administration is overstepping its bounds. they are among the most controversial and secret weapons on the war on terror. unmanned drones used to strike al qaeda targets worldwide. >> these strikes are legal and ethical and they are wise. >> reporter: today the white house is under fire after nbc news obtained a confidential just deps memo that includes deadly strikes against u.s. citizens who are operational leaders of al qaeda are a lawful act of national self-defense. among those targeted, an warral aulaqi, killed in yemen in 2011. >> it is a chilling document. it sets out the government's claimed authority. >>> senators are demanding more transparency about the strikes and expected to press josh brennan, the architect of the drone policy. during his confirmation hearings tomorrow. meanwhile, with billions of dollars in crippling budget cuts that go in effect march 1st, president obama urged congress to act. >> they should at least pass a smaller package of spending cuts and tax reforms that woul
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Feb 7, 2013 6:00pm PST
attacks under president obama. >> new details op a cable car accident in san francisco that sent seven people to the hospital this week. we know a bolt on the tracks brought that cable car to a grinding halt yesterday, but where did that mysterious bolt come from and why didn't the emergency system kick in before that cable carl hit the bolt? nbc bay area's joe rosa ta junior has the answers. >> san francisco's cable cars are the city's picturesque ambassadors to visitors from around the world. but yesterday they showed one group of riders their ugly side. today inspectors from the state puc examined the tracks at powell and washington where car 25 came to an abrupt halt before hitting a bolt in the tracks. sending seven people to the hospital. today, muni officials revealed an bolt came from their own system. >> to cause -- the cause of the incident was in fact a loose bolt that came from the screw plate. >> muni said the bolt came loose from one of the 41 switches along the system, which are visually inspected every day. >> what we do now in addition to visually checking them is that
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Feb 2, 2013 11:00pm PST
proposals. in a recent interview president obama said he enjoyed skeet shooting with guests at camp david. after being asked for proof his press secretary released this photo, taken back in august. the president plans to visit minneapolis on monday to promote his plan to battle gun violence. that's because minneapolis has launched a youth violence initiative and gun control mess sures that have seen some success. >>> back here at home, one south bay community is on a mission to make its streets safer. representatives from the city of san jose nonprofit the neighborhoods hosted the fifth annual crime and gang prevention couple admit today. workshop topics range from neighborhood safety to giving gang members a way out of that lifestyle. organizers say about 300 people showed up. >> and we in fact have been recognized nationwide for how engaged our community is. the mayor's gang prevention task force has been recognized nationally too. in san jose we work together with everyone. all the agencies, the police, the counties, the district attorney's office, schools. >> san jose has seen a spike
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Feb 4, 2013 4:30am PST
tijuana. >>> today president obama making his case for more gun laws but a snapshot with the president holding a gun and actually firing it creating a lot of buzz and might side track his message a little bit. the president will head to minneapolis where that state made a big push to control gun violence. as he talks for more lengt legislation, a white house photo shows the president skeet shooting at camp david. critics say he's pandering to second amendment supporters. a push for background check is gaining steam. >> everyone acknowledges we should do something with background checks. >> it's never going to be universal. criminals won't comply with it. they could care less. >> an ad paid for by new york mayor michael bloomberg accusing nra of reversing its stance on background checks. >>> funeral services will be held today for former new york mayor ed koch. today's service will be held at temple emanuel in manhattan's upper east side. president clinton will deliver remarks at that service. he died on friday of congestive heart failure. he was 88 years old. >>> the post office honori
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Feb 4, 2013 5:30pm PST
obama took his bush for tougher gun control laws to minneapolis today. a city they used to call murder-apolis back in the '90s before an aggressive push there to curb gun violence brought the homicide rate down with juvenile violent crime rates also dropping sharply. the president is calling on congress to pass that expansion of background checks, limits on high-capacity ammunition magazines and a ban on new assault weapons. >>> a lot of americans have read the book called "american sniper," written by former navy s.e.a.l. chris kyle, often referred to as america's best and deadliest sniper during his war-time deployments overseas. chris kyle was killed this weekend in texas after he and a friend took a troubled fellow marine veteran for an outing at a shooting range. we get the story tonight from nbc's jim miklaszewski. >> reporter: as a navy s.e.a.l. sniper in iraq, chris kyle was so feared, the enemy called him the devil of ramadi and put an $80,000 on his head. >> it gave me pride knowing i put fear in the mind of the terrorists and made them fearful of me. >> tragically, it was ba
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Feb 5, 2013 4:30am PST
in youth sports. >>> also in washington president obama is meeting with corporate executives and labor leaders this morning hoping to garner support for immigration reform. the president has said in the past he wants to give illegal immigrants a clear process to achieve citizenship. that includes the payment of fines, criminal background checks and going to the back of the line behind legal applicants. he has vowed to introduce his own bill in congress fails to act in a timely fashion. it comes ahead of a state of the union address next tuesday, which will challenge republicans on the issue. >>> new details being released this morning about felix bumgardner's free fall from space. a new report says the dare devil reached speeds of 843 miles per hour. that's well past the speed of sound. it's even faster than previously thought. during his near 20-mile free-fall. officials say he remained supersonic for a half minute while maintaining a heart rate below 185 beats per minute. you got to be cool to do that. about 50 million people watched it on youtube. >> it was ver
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Feb 6, 2013 11:00pm PST
president obama's health care overhaul. our investigative unit found it likely won't drive down any of the health care costs. but that's not all. investigative reporter stephen stock discovered major flaws in the current way costs here in california are reported to customers. stephen? >> reporter: raj, under current california law, anyone can get a list of prices for hospital services. what it cost you for an emergency room visit, for instance. it's called the payer's bill of rights and it's intended to give you information about the cost of your health care. but we discovered a wildly inaccurate and broken system, one that makes it almost impossible for you to really know exactly how much you're going to pay for that hospital visit. in a perfect world, health experts say, finding and getting the best deal at the hospital should be like going to buy a car. >> what you end up paying is a bargaining thing between your skill as a consumer and the car dealer's skill as a seller. >> reporter: try doing that at any bay area hospital and you'll find a wide variation in prices, and a bill t
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Feb 5, 2013 7:00am PST
and deficit reduction exactly one week ahead of his state of the union address. president obama is juggling a full plate of proposals on guns and immigration. homeland security secretary janet napolitano on monday toured border security operations in san diego. >> we are committed to making sure this sector and the entire southwest border remains secure. >> reporter: a key piece of the president's plan for immigration reform that allowed estimates 11 million undocumented immigrants living in the u.s. to earn citizenship. on monday he took his push for tougher gun laws to minneapolis, the city known as murderopolis in the mid '90s, before a crackdown sharply reduced the violence. >> weapons of war have no place on our streets or in our schools or threatening our law enforcement officers. >> reporter: against the backdrop of those officers, president obama urged supporters to call on congress to act. >> we don't have to agree on everything to agree it's time to do something. >> reporter: while both sides largely agree with a need for expanded background checks, reinstating the assault weapons
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Feb 6, 2013 6:00am PST
watch is over. >> it is 6:12 now. time for a quick check of the t top stories. president obama holding a meeting in maryland. the president trying to rally around his approach to immigration and budget dilemmas as republicans express opposition to the agenda. >> the u.s. postal service will stop delivering mail on saturdays. regular mail would stop but packages would be delivered six days a week. the saturday cut backs begin in august. >> the boy scouts of america could vote today on whether to do away with a ban on gay members and leaders. there is a new policy that would allow troops to decide whether or not to include gay members. >> governor brown blowing off texas governor rick perry because of a radio ad a trying to get california businesses to relocate to the lone star state. >> there are plenty of reasons texas is the best state for doing business for eight years running. this is texas, wide open for business.com and see why our low taxes, sensible regulations and fair legal system are just the thing to get your business moving to texas. >> the ad, obviously continue serverle s
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Feb 7, 2013 7:00am PST
isikoff is following this story for us. good morning. >> good morning. drone strikes, the obama's administration weapon of choice against terrorists are coming under new scrutiny after a disclosure of a justice department document obtained by nbc news that justifies the targeted killing of americans suspected of being top al qaeda leaders. this is as john brennan faces his nomination today pp a major reversal from the white house pp after years of secretsity, president obama directed to share with members of the house and senate intelligence committees a classified memo laying out the legal drowns for drone strikes targeting u.s. citizens who are suspected operational leaders of al qaeda. >> the news came after this white paper that summarized the legal arguments for targeting u.s. citizens who were sus secretaried al qaeda leaders such as a lackey kic al awlaki been charged for a crime. they call it a lawful ability of self defense and concluded they did not require that the target was plotting a specific attacks in the immediate future. the content contents of the memo drew sh
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Jan 31, 2013 6:00pm PST
questions for president obama's phenomenon knee for secretary of defense. and many of those questions came from the nominee's own party. >> janelle wang is here with our world tonight. janelle. >> former february nebraska senator chuck hagel hammered today at his senate confirmation hearing. one of the most heated exchanges came from his former friends senator john mccain who grilled hagel on his opposition to the 2007 surge of u.s. forces into iraq. >> deserves your judgment as to whether you were right or wrong about the surge. >> i'll explain why i made those comments. >> i want to know if you were right or wrong. that's a direct question. i expect a direct answer. >> hagel said it wasn't a yes or no answer but senator mccain didn't give him a chance to explain. hagel spent a lot of time clarifying pree clarifying previous positions. including supporting the rights of gays in the militaries. if confirmed, he would be the first enlisted man to be as defense secretary. his supporters say that experience makes him uniquely qualified for the job. >>> now to a developing story in mexico. 14
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Feb 4, 2013 7:00am PST
that the game is probably going to evolve a little bit. >> president obama also addressed the boy scouts' longstanding policy of excluding gays and lesbians saying that they should have, quote, access and opportunity, the same way everyone else does. >>> a new york icon is laid to rest today at the funeral for former new york city mayor ed koch. former president bill clinton speaks at the manhattan service and koch's favorite subway station will be renamed in his honor. >>> defense secretary leon panetta defended the use of unmanned drone strikes to target potential terrorists who are a threat to the u.s. in an interview on "meet the press," he says the decision to strike doesn't come lightly. >>> now let's head to wall street, cnbc's kayla tausche is at the new york stock exchange. good morning to you, kayla. >> good morning. the stock market near record highs closing friday at a level it hadn't seen since 2007, lifted by positive data on hiring. wall street hopes the rally will continue. it's watching cbs, the host of the super bowl, and entergy, the company responsible for the blackou
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Feb 7, 2013 5:00am PST
. president obama's nominee to head the cia will be in the hot spe seat when he goes been a senate panel confirmation hearing later this morning. tracie potts is here now. >> john brennan is the president's top counterterror adviser and right in the middle of this big issue of the use of unmanned drones to track down and kill terror suspects even if they are american citizens. democrats and republicans here have big questions about that. the administration just on the eve of his questioning of his confirmation hearing today released what was a confidential classified memo explaining why the government thinks this is legal and why it's justified. he's likely to face questions about that today. also, brennan was at the cia for 25 years and worked under the bush administration when there were lots of questions about the interrogation tactics the cia was using on terror suspects. think waterboarding. remember that? he's going to face questions about that as well and in a written response to the committee not only does he defend the use of drones but brennan also says back then he had some co
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Feb 8, 2013 5:00am PST
if the obama administration has been using these drones against american citizens in a couple of cases. we know yes. brennan said if he's are americans who have gone overseas and aligned themselves with al qaeda, they have to know we're going to do whatever possible to save lives. this is not something that's done as retribution. it's something done when they believe there's an imminent attack. he also talked about back in the bush administration when he was a deputy director of the cia interrogation tactics in question back then. waterboarding he said reprehensible and despite the cia's explanations, he says there is still a lot of questions about that. he never really felt comfortable with it and voiced those objections. lawmakers here especially key democrats say they think he has a good shot at this confirmation. jon? >> tracie potts, thank you for that update. >>> bay area's new man about town. sergio romo visiting the san francisco zoo yesterday there to meet the 4-month-old monkey that was born in october during the giants world series run. the zoo named her romo after an online vote. ro
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Feb 1, 2013 12:35am PST
's time for "night news now." >> jimmy: hello, let's see what's happening. president obama spoke in las vegas on tuesday about the country's immigration system. he also used the speech as an opportunity to try out his new mickey mouse voice. take a look. [ high pitched voice ] >> think about it. we define ourselves as a nation of immigrants. that's who we are, in our bones. [ laughter ] >> jimmy: in sports, the super bowl is this sunday. so, here to tell us more about the big game is our compulsive lying sports correspondent, trent gouch. trent? >> thank you, jimmy. that's right. this sunday, the baltimore ravens will face the san francisco turnips. the turnips are led by head coach, al pacino, who starred in the 1995 movie "clueless." while the ravens are led by a lukewarm cup of milk. the game is expected to last seven minutes with three pee-pee breaks for the referees. [ laughter ] i'm stephanie williams, and i'm a 17-year-old girl with braces. [ laughter ] [ cheers ] >> jimmy: thank you, trent. [ applause ] it's time for "who wore it best." the fashion segment where we show you two
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